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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 17, 2010 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

I worked at Tower Records for 24 years, went through 4 bosses . The last one was a bit younger than I( me: b 57, he 74), I was clocking out and leaving , and started singing "Going Home", and he did not know the reference . Made me feel OLD ! I just assumed it was common rock knowledge , he was in a band , but TYA is not one of the bands the "youngsters" knew .
It is funny which acts were remembered, and which draw a blank . Hendrix, yes, Cream, no. GD, yes, JA no. The Who , yes, the Kinks , no. The Doors, yes, the Byrds no . Neil Young , yes, The Band , no . Dylan, yes , Springsteen, "Old guy stuff". The Beatles , yes, the Stones, "who cares ".
On and on.
I'm sure blues purists, find Alvin Lee, too showy , and for the New Wave folks "wanky", but I love this stuff . Thanks for the post .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 17, 2010 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Interesting...I would defn rank TYA as one that was obscure at the time, even...but, for the 70s and even 80s, JAir still rated, generally above the DEAD, in my experience. And, though biased, many always held CREAM high due to Clapton.

But, I defn agree with the spirit of your suggestions about how some fade, and some don't rate the significant "nod" of appreciation that they deserve, but of course, so subjective to say so..

That is why I am always babbling on about Syd Barrett, Brian Jones, and Donovan as being huge influences, at least from my West Coast vantage, though conceding many wouldn't call it that way.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 17, 2010 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

It might be what circles, we traveled in,and where we are ( southern Orange County for me ) , that affects the awareness, and regard for certain acts . I recall a fairly musical guy, from the Midwest , arguing that Grand Funk was a better band than the Allman Brothers . All the acts I mentioned, I like/love and think are important musically, and historically . It is just odd which of them are still known and which are obscure .
TYA, while not in the rank of the artists I mentioned, did get those few songs played on early 70's FM, and anyone who owned the Woodstock album, knew that "Going Home" , you posted . They are one of the Bands that got good milage from Woodstock, while, our boys, had a rough time of it .
Donavan, early Floyd , yes definitely overlooked ; I would like to add Traffic to that list . I am always surprised how few people I met know their music .

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Feb 18, 2010 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Record producers have a way of mucking in the affairs of established artist. When traffic lost Chris Wood, it left the band ripe for poaching, A new label like Island records come along , flash big cash in front of Winwood then all of a sudden Jim Capaldi who ?

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Feb 18, 2010 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Maybe that statement failed to include the feud between Dave Mason and Steve, One wanting psychadelia the other pop driven folk. Winwood has been Back in the high life since.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2010 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Oh yeah! Traffic for sure...good call.

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 17, 2010 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

I saw Ten Years After about a week after they got back from Woodstock in a little town called Dunstable (about 40 miles North of London). I'm not a blues purist, but I think Alvin Lee would have been rated alongside Rory Gallagher (for example) if he played 'Goin' Home' less, and some of his slower numbers more.